Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work

First Advisor

Adrienne Saxton

Second Advisor

Ignacio Navarro


This capstone was implemented at the Wellness Center in the Harden Middle School, a public school located in Salinas, California. The school has observed a drop in student grades in recent years and adopted the Check-In Check-Out (CICO) program to support students between the ages of 12 and 13 experiencing behavioral issues. To increase the impact of CICO, the school has experimented with customizing the program’s criteria for participation. The Capstone consisted of evaluating the impact of CICO on students’ grades under the participation criteria employed during the spring of 2021 by comparing participants’ grades and behavioral referrals before and after their participation in CICO and comparing their results to students that qualified to the program but chose not to participate. The data shows that students participating in CICO did not improve their grades after participating in the program when compared to nonparticipants. It’s suggested that the school experiments with different program participation criteria for CICO.